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Balancing Acts

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© 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.Term-time paid employment and caring responsibilities are ubiquitous amongst working-class undergraduates and have a detrimental impact on the time available to devote to studying. The dedication phase of internal conversation focused on this balancing act. The employed working-class students did not exhibit the visible studying behaviours of the Mobility-Maintainers. Instead, an ‘ethics of accommodation’ was adopted, in which inconspicuous studying was a strategic approach to prioritising performative achievement, against the constraints of living expense pressures/familial commitments. Rather than a lack of commitment to studying, it was a central preoccupation in order to achieve the ‘life project’, but this needs to be understood as an ‘abstract’, rather than as a ‘practical’ prioritisation.

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Author(s): Shields S

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Working Class Female Students' Experiences of Higher Education : Identities, Choices and Emotion

Year: 2021

Pages: 75-88

Print publication date: 10/11/2021

Online publication date: 10/11/2021

Acceptance date: 02/04/2020

Series Title: Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Place Published: Cham


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-88935-7_6

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9783030889340